National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Report from Creating Change

Thursday, February 7

NAACP’s Julian Bond sounds call for LGBT equality
Jon Stryker receives Creating Change Award


 

NAACP’s Julian Bond sounds call for LGBT equality

The 20th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change kicked off tonight in Detroit, Mich., with a rousing start when NAACP Chairman Julian Bond gave a powerful and moving speech on the intersection of the struggle for racial equality and the movement to win full LGBT equality.

As a national civil rights leader, Bond’s contribution to the current struggle for equality stands as a beacon of hope in a time when few have shown the courage to face down anti-LGBT political and religious leaders who malign LGBT citizens for political gain. Bond currently serves on the honorary board of Fairness for All Families Campaign, a statewide coalition effort in Florida to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and any other type of partner recognition.

Bond said that “freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is a fundamental human right,” and that “we all should fight to end any form of oppression and discrimination.” His speech tonight was punctuated by long bursts of applause from close to 2,000 activists in attendance at the opening plenary.

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[ Watch the video excerpt of Julian Bond’s speech ]


 

Jon Stryker receives Creating Change Award

Jon Stryker, founder and president of the Arcus Foundation, was honored tonight with a Creating Change Award for his work to advance LGBT equality. Stryker donated the $5,000 award to the Ruth Ellis Center, a Michigan-based social service agency that helps LGBT homeless youth.

During his acceptance remarks, Stryker spoke poignantly about his own coming out and of being a child growing up during the civil rights struggles of the ’60s and ’70s. He shared how those experiences have had a profound and lasting impact on him.

Stryker also talked about how the Arcus Foundation is contributing to the effort of creating a movement that “looks like the diverse people that we are.” The Arcus Foundation has awarded $40 million to LGBT organizations since its creation in 2000. The Creating Change Awards are generously funded by the Anderson Prize Foundation, administered by Allen Schuh.

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Look for lots more from The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change tomorrow!

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